What can books tell us about a generation? A college student would answer this question in a different manner than a stay-at-home mom or a young lawyer. But I am fairly certain that if the question was posed to all three individuals the consensus would be that these were the most talked about books of the decade. So when I decided to do some research about the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, I immediately thought of my parents who could comment on the most popular books of their day. The experience of reading aloud my compiled list and hearing their oohs and aahs was entertaining and gave me insight into the popular authors, series, and genres of decades past. Thanks also to my colleague Laura who helped review and select the popular titles from the 1990s and 2000s (coming soon). Here are a few of the titles that were at the top of our list! These titles and more are available in the OverDrive Marketplace.
1980 Princess Daisy, Judith Krantz
1982 Master of the Game, Sidney Sheldon
1982 North and South, North and South Trilogy, Book 1, John Jakes
1985 Contact, Carl Sagan (Audiobook)
1985 Lake Wobegone Days, Garrison Keillor
1986 The Bourne Supremacy, Jason Bourne Series, Book 2, Robert Ludlum
1986 The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy
1987 Misery, Stephen King
1987 Patriot Games, Jack Ryan Series, Book 2, Tom Clancy
1987 Presumed Innocent, Kindle County Series, Book 1, Scott Turow
1988 Zoya, Danielle Steel
1989 The Pillars of the Earth, The Pillars of the Earth Series, Book 1, Ken Follett
Renee Lienhard is a Collection Analyst with OverDrive.